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MCALLEN, Texas – The board of directors of the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is inviting small businesses to join their organization for FREE for the next six months.

Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, president and CEO of RGVHCC, said the nonprofit is waiving its normal fees in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Small businesses have always been the main focus of the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We understand how many small businesses are having to close their doors for a variety of reasons, but basically due to the COVID-19 economic disaster,” Sakulenzki said.

“We want to assist these businesses by offering a free membership for six months so they can take advantage of the benefits that we have to offer. After the six months they can decide if they want to remain a member or not.”

Sakulenzki ran through some of the benefits of membership:

“Being notified of federal, state and local resources on funding, networking with other business owners to market their business via virtual mixers, the ability of using our ChamberMaster in order to post their company promotions, job openings, announcements, etc., so that the entire membership of the RGV Hispanic Chamber can see them,” she said.

Sakulenzki pointed out that RGVHCC is a non-profit that relies on membership dues, fundraisers and corporate partnerships to fund chamber activities.

“We were formed in November 1997 and have received many national and state awards during these years for all of their programs and assistance we have offered small businesses.”

Like almost every business and organization in the Valley, RGVHCC has been impacted by the economic collapse caused by COVID-19.

“We too are hurting as we have had to cancel three major events that would fund the chamber for six months.  We have cut back on expenses and any extra non-essentials in order to keep servicing our members,” Sakulenzki said.

“We realize that the COVID-19 has been a major economic disaster to the Valley and we want to help those that have never known of the services that a chamber can provide. We want to assist as many people that we can throughout the Rio Grande Valley.”

RGVHCC partners with the entities such as UTRGV Small Business Development Center, LiftFund, the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE, and PeopleFund.

“We can schedule meetings to help with business plans or funding. We also have a close relationship with all federal, state and locally elected officials whose attention we have whenever we have a concern that affects the business community or the Valley. The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce also represents us well whenever we have concerns that pertain to the South Texas border region.”

Sakulenzki invited small business owners to check out her group’s website at www.rgvhcc.com and sign up.  

“Staff will reach out to business owners and answer any questions they may have,” Sakulenzki said.  

For additional information on the RGVHCC Free Membership plan, call (956) 928-0060.


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